Capitol View: Medical marijuana, casinos and the 2020 election

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On this week’s Capitol View, the author of the state’s medical marijuana amendment joins Jessi Turnure to discuss the big month ahead for cultivation facilities, dispensaries and patients.

The first seller of the product should open its doors in mid-May, more than two years after voters legalized it. 

Attorney David Couch talks about the supply and demand and if legalization of medical marijuana at the federal level has its best chance of passing yet by the end of the year.

Also in May, companies hoping to open casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties will submit applications to the Arkansas Racing Commission. 

Couch weighs in on the issues that could prevent a casino from ever opening in Pope County, along with measures that could make it on the 2020 ballot, including gerrymandering and ranked-choice voting. 

The clerk of the state’s largest county is also looking ahead to 2020.

Pulaski County Clerk Terri Hollingsworth joins Turnure to discuss her push to get more residents to respond to the registered voter cards her office sent out last week and her reaction to other states calling the mailers a “purge.”

Hollingsworth also gives an update on her work to either pass or kill bills during the 92nd General Assembly and to restore voting rights for convicted felons.

Watch the full episode above. 

Capitol View airs Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on KARK-TV directly before NBC’s Meet the Press. It is hosted by Jessi Turnure.

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